Golden Kin-Yōbi: 3 – Columbia University Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of you will strike gold over the next few weeks 🙂

Our giveaway today is thanks to Columbia University Press, and they have kindly offered two copies of a new publication as prizes, including worldwide postage to the winners – and it’s a book I’m keen to get my hands on myself 🙂

The prize being offered today is Yuichi Serai’s collection of short stories, Ground Zero, Nagasaki.  The book features six tales set in contemporary Nagasaki, each of which is permeated by the events of 1945.  According to the publisher’s description, the stories have a strong Catholic influence (Nagasaki was one of the centres of the original Christian movement in 16th-Century Japan), which reminds me of the work of Shusaku Endo.  Serai won the Akutagawa Prize for another of his works, and this book won the Ito and Tanizaki Prizes – definitely a book which will appeal to many,


So, if you’d like to win a copy, simply comment below, leaving your name and e-mail address.  There’s no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) – anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning 🙂

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 22nd (that’s 9 a.m. on Thursday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen entirely randomly, one way or another).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!

And, of course, we need to announce the winners of last week’s prizes! 

Rivers goes to rhonda
The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro goes to kimbofo

I will be in contact with the winners shortly – thanks again to Kurodahan Press for providing some great prizes 🙂


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11 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: 3 – Columbia University Press

  1. matttodd says:

    Right. I haven't entered any other contests, but this collection sounds super interesting. Nagasaki is one of my favourite places in Japan!

    matt dot todd dot 88 at gmail dot com


  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the contest

    Chris in Osaka


  3. Carola says:

    Can't resist anything Nagasaki-related after living there for a year 🙂 Favourite place in Japan, no competition.
    carola [at] brilliantyears [dot] net


  4. MG says:

    I'd like to read this and it's not available from my library. Please enter my name,
    mgifford01 @


  5. David H says:

    I'd like to enter please, Tony – davidhreads at gmail dot com.


  6. Midgeworld says:

    Looks like an interesting collection of stories. midgeworld2 at gmail dot com.


  7. booklypurple says:

    Hi 🙂 thank you so much for the giveaway. I'd like to get that :))) Please enter me:

    Ratih Dwi
    erdeaka9 [at] gmail [dot] com

    once again thanks.


  8. Tony Messenger (Messy Boy) tonymess at tpg dot com dot au


  9. Patty says:

    That book seems very desirable. I want to read it regardless of whether if win it!


  10. Dennis Zanin says:

    Sounds good.

    Dennis Zanin



  11. Tony Malone says:

    Aaaaand that's a wrap – winners announced shortly 🙂


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